The Company

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2016-2017 Teelin Irish Dance Company

Director:  Maureen Berry, BFA, TCRG

maureenMaureen is the Director of the Teelin Irish Dance Company and Owner/Director of the Teelin School of Irish Dance. In addition to Irish Step, her extensive dance training ranges from modern, ballet, tap and jazz to salsa and Appalachian clogging. After attending a performing arts high school in New Jersey, Maureen received her BFA degree in Dance Performance from Towson University.

Highlights of Maureen’s career include full-time performer with Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble and choreographer/performer in a John Paul Jones music video for the music group Uncle Earl in 2007. In 2009, Maureen was the top recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) Individual Artist Award for Dance Choreography. Maureen produced, choreographed and starred in the highly successful productions of Portraits of Ireland (2006 – 2011), StepDance (2012-2013), and Sláinte (2014).

Maureen is on a mission to become the world’s coolest accordion playing paddleboard champion.

 

2016-2017 Junior Troupe

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The Junior Troupe is comprised of young champion dancers, between the ages of 8 and 11 years old, who have a passion for performing, and who are ready to hone their talents onstage by performing with the Teelin Irish Dance Company.

 


Teelin dancers who are interested in being considered for a position with the 2017-2018 Company or Junior Troupe, read more here...

The Teelin Irish Dance Company is comprised of champion (prelim or open) level dancers who are 8th grade or older. Rehearsals are held weekly on Tuesday evenings Sep-Apr, and participation in the Company Camp Aug 7-11, 2017, is mandatory for consideration.

Company Audition Requirements:

  • Know “Steps 1-4” treble reels, and Gaelic 2, and dance them with a group.
  • Perform Slap Step Treble Reel as a solo.
  • Know and be ready to demonstrate traveling batter-front-downs, right and left drums, fast lead, and half fast lead.
  • Soft Shoe – perform Point-Point Reel fast, staying in a line of dancers.

Junior Troupe is comprised of champion dancers (or dancers who have at least both hard shoe dances in prizewinner grade) who are in 5th-7th grade. Rehearsals are held on Friday evenings Sep-Apr, and participation in Junior Troupe Camp Aug 7-11, 2017, 10am-12noon, is mandatory for consideration.

Junior Troupe Audition Requirements:

  • Know these four treble reel steps, and dance them with a group: Shite Step, Double Stamp Step, Gaelic 2, and Front Down Treble Reel.
  • Perform Michael Pat Treble Reel as a solo.
  • Know and be ready to demonstrate right and left drums, fast lead, and half fast lead.
  • Soft Shoe – perform Point-Point Reel fast, staying in a line of dancers.

Auditions for the 2017-2018 Company or Junior Troupe Have not yet been scheduled. Information will be posted here when it becomes available.

Audition prep resources are available for Teelin students at this link – http://teelin.com/TSID/logon/step-notation/tidc-audition-resources/

Please direct any questions to angela@teelin.com.